Adolescent Oral Care
As children transition into adulthood, their needs change. We have created a special area in our office to suit the unique physiological and social factors associated with being a young adult. This relaxing environment allows for upbeat socializing between the teenagers and doctors.
Dental caries/cavities increase in teens because of changes in dietary habits, lack of motivation for good oral hygiene habits and increased demands in school work and social arenas.. These topics are discussed with the doctor according to individual need.
Young adults differ from children in their overall dental needs. Many of our adolescent patients have orthodontic appliances and are instructed on preventing cavities that can easily develop around the braces. Wisdom tooth removal is a big concern for this age group. We can provide literature and ease the fears of oral surgery. Sealants are recommended when all the permanent teeth erupt to protect the chewing surfaces. Some teens require mouthguards for sports or more involved treatment considerations such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction.
These topics and more are addressed and planned for treatment with our teen patients and their parents. We have found that motivating teens to be knowledgeable about their own dental needs leads to long-term health of the permanent teeth into adulthood. Please refer to the following American Dental Association link for teen related topics, videos, and additional resources (i.e. careers in the dental profession, cosmetic dentistry, halitosis, oral piercing, smoking/tobacco, etc.): American Dental Association site.